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The Little Fire Truck

Henry Holt/Macmillan
Ill. by Bob Kolar

The Little Fire Truck
female firefighter

(Hardcover ISBN 9781627798051, Board Book ISBN 9781250869876)

Join firefighter Jill and her fearless little fire truck as they zip all over town to put out smoky fires and rescue those in need, with the help of the fire crew in this picture book companion to The Little Dump Truck and The Little School Bus. There’s lots of challenging work to do, but this trusty team is always ready to rescue!

fireman on call


In this delightful story, a fire truck takes readers on its work adventures. "I'm a little fire truck,/my driver's name is Jill./We zip all over town/ my siren's loud and shrill." Bright colorful digital illustrations, often in fire engine red, capture the right tone. The text clearly conveys the positive message that firefighters help people. Another strength of this title is the vocabulary. The text is easy to understand and may expose listeners to new words; the illustrations will give children clues on what those words mean. "Holding pikes and axes, they crawl along the floor." In the accompanying image, there are three firefighters in uniform crawling on the ground with those tools. The front and back endpapers have cute pictures showing tools of the trade. They include a pike pole, nozzle, and pumper truck to name a few. This is a popular subject among preschoolers and classes, and the simple catchy text and large illustrations make this a good storytime selection. VERDICT:  A welcome addition to preschools and libraries for vehicle fans, community helper units, Fire Prevention Week programs, and beyond. – School Library Journal

Filled with action, in and out of the fire station. . . Jubilant and absorbing, with a female firefighter at the forefront. – Booklist

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